Senators Want Governor to Be Able to Keep National Parks Open During Shutdowns

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. A bill passes Wednesday would also allow the governor to charge admission to national parks.

The bill's sponsor, Natrona County Republican Charles Scott, says he's bringing this bill so tourism continues during a federal shutdown.

He says we could face catastrophic economic consequences if they shut down during tourism season.

"If Yellowstone gets shut down in the main tourist season you could just devastate a major part of Wyoming's economy so we need to have some tools to deal with that." Said Charles Scott.

The bill passed the Senate 17 to 12.